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2016 CEA Sustainable Electricity™ Awards

WINNER – Integrated Approach to Sustainability

Toronto Hydro

This award is presented to a company that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an integrated sustainability strategy within the company.  The company must demonstrate how environmental, social and economic elements are integrated in company decision-making and how this has led to improvement in sustainability performance.

Toronto Hydro has built a company culture around sustainability, making it a fundamental corporate value and integrating the concept into its overall business strategy. In recent years, the organization has undertaken and prioritized multiple strategic projects and initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to the goals and objectives of sustainability.

WINNER – Continuous Performance Improvement

Horizon Utilities Corporation

This award is presented to a company that has demonstrated a commitment to continuous performance improvement through projects, programs, and initiatives.

Horizon Utilities decision to tackle initiatives that progressively apply sustainability principles and learnings to its business operations are an example for the electricity industry in Canada. It views sustainability not as a cost to its business, but rather as guidance for implementing management systems designed to increase its operational effectiveness.

WINNER – Leadership in External Collaboration and Partnerships

Ontario Power Generation

This award is presented to a company with a strong commitment to external collaboration and partnerships with Aboriginal Peoples, local communities, and other stakeholders.  The company must demonstrate how these collaborative efforts have led to better sustainability outcomes for the company, communities, and the overall sector. 

Through joint ventures with Indigenous groups, Ontario Power Generation has successfully developed numerous projects to produce safe, renewable and clean electricity while providing education, training, jobs and contract opportunities to surrounding Indigenous communities. OPG is committed to exploring business partnerships that maximize employment while developing a qualified workforce, and building long-term, mutually beneficial working relationships with Indigenous communities that are guided by a respect for languages, customs, and social and cultural practices.

WINNER – Individual Sustainability Leadership

Neil Freeman, Vice President, Business Development, Horizon Utilities

This award is presented to an individual that has demonstrated outstanding leadership on sustainability issues within the electricity sector.

CEA is proud to present its first ever SE award for individual achievement to Neil Freeman, who has passionately campaigned for a broader acceptance of sustainability as a pillar of electricity planning. At Horizon Utilities, Neil has used a three-stage approach to sustainably, getting the company’s operations on a sustainable path; reorienting operations to promote customer sustainability; and ensuring Horizon contributed community sustainability.

Because of his tireless dedication to Horizon Utilities’ broader sustainable development impact, Neil helped integrate community level approaches to energy use, to decrease energy use by individual customers, and increase the energy efficiency benefits for their community.